So how do you experience the Amangani and save a couple grand??
First: Go to the Amangani for the view. I'm a sucker for a good view so I love this place!! Have a cocktail by the fire and enjoy the modern but still cozy/warm lobby. It's high end for sure... they even have nice wines by the glass... I had Patz and Hall Sonoma Pinot for $16/glass. Not too shabby for a cowboy ski town.
View in lobby by fire place
In this photo, i'm standing outside taking a pic of Susan inside by the fire. You can see my reflection and the reflection of the mountains and impending sunset. Pretty cool and I just snapped it with the iPhone.
Second: Go to the restaurant for dinner, which is directly next to the lobby and seats by the windows have the same stunning views. We liked our experience so much having a drink and watching the sunset that we decided to back a second night and try dinner. Dinner, as expected, isn't cheap. Entree price $30-50 but it was one of the most delicious meals we've ever had. The bison short ribs, were off the charts!!! I will go back there someday to have them again. The elk tenderloin on the other hand was... well... elk. More loin than tender and a bit gamey for my tastes, but at no fault of the restaurant. It's elk, but i wanted to try it.
The Amangani part of the Aman Resorts (one of the nicest luxury hotel brands in the world) and they only have two resorts in the US. Jackson Hole and Lake Powell.... random right? But still they do it right. I hope I can some day stay at both of them and not worry about paying the hefty room rate, because from the service that we had in the lobby and the restaurant, I'm sure the hotel guests are well taken care of.